Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

The United States of Autocomplete

Very Small Array has some fun with Google’s autocomplete. Utah… Jazz. Kentucky… Fried Chicken. New York… Times. [Very Small Array via @mericson]…

Relationships on the Bold and the Beautiful explained

I don’t get soap operas. People get married, divorced, evil twins show up, babies are born, people are shot, and every now and then someone becomes the hostage of an…

Amanda Cox on data graphics and stuff

At New Media Days 2010, New York Times graphics editor Amanda Cox talks data graphics, finding a balance between storytelling and straight facts, and working at the graphics desk. Listen…

Awards from Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Between February 17, 2009 to September 30, 2010, 88,791 awards have been funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This animated map shows where these awards have been distributed…

The Joy of Stats with Hans Rosling

The Joy of Stats, a one-hour documentary, hosted by none other than the charismatic Hans Rosling, explores the growing importance of statistics: [W]ithout statistics we are cast adrift on an…

Build your LinkedIn career tree

How did you get to where you are now in your work life? What about Barack Obama? Ashton Kutcher? Jon Stewart? In a collaboration between Newsweek and Bocoup, the Career…

Girl Talk mashup breakdown visualized

In case you missed it, Girl Talk recently released his fifth album All Day, which samples from 372 songs. Essentially, it’s an album of mashups, so together, samples from multiple…

How Twitter users balanced the budget

In a follow-up to their puzzle to balance the budget, The New York Times shows the top selections that about seven thousand Twitter users made. It’s not a scientific sample,…

Evolution of the two-party vote during past century

Political science PhD candidate David Sparks has look at the evolution of the two-party vote: Using county-level data, I spatially and temporally interpolated presidential vote returns for the two major…

Mapping human development in America

In work with the American Human Development Project, Rosten Woo and Zachary Watson map the Human Development Index, along with many other indicators in this thorough interactive.…

A world of tweets

We’ve seen this sort of thing before, with tweets mapped and such, but the recent A World of Tweets by Frog Design is nicely executed (in HTML5). A World of…

Defining neighborhoods with map scribbles

TenderMaps brings an informal approach to highlighting the parts of neighborhoods: We wanted to move from the static and singular, toward more dynamic, subtle definitions of neighborhoods, definitions emphasizing the…

What generation do you belong to?

In this interactive, USA Today guesses your age, based on what influenced you as a teenager: The year you were born partly determines what generation you belong to, but so…

Why network visualization is useful

AT&T Labs’ Infoviz research group describes network graphs and their many uses: There is information in the connections. A glance is enough to identify nodes with the most links, nodes…

The very first NYT election map

Matthew Ericson, deputy graphics director of The New York Times, dug through the archives to find the first occurrence of an election map in the paper, in 1896: The speed…

You fix the budget puzzle

Not pleased with how the government is handling the budget and deficit? Fine. You fix it. The New York Times provides a budget puzzle: Today, you’re in charge of the…

Comparison of Republican and Democratic tax plans

Lori Montgomery of the The Washington Post reports on the difference between the Democratic and Republican tax plans. The Republicans’ plan to extend the Bush administration tax cuts for the…

Algorithmic architecture with balls

Geometric Death Frequency-141 by Federico Diaz is an algorithm-based sculpture at MASS MoCA, made up of 420,000 robotically-placed black spheres.…

Mexican drug cartel network map

I’m not entirely sure what we’re looking at here, other than relationships between Mexican drug cartels. Maybe someone can shed some light on the subject. [Edge via We Love Datavis]…

What New Yorkers complain about

Wired, in collaboration with Pitch Interactive, has a look at complaints called in over the 311 line in New York. The above is a sample from a week in September,…

When people break up, according to Facebook updates

For his book The Visual Miscellaneum, David McCandless, along with Lee Byron, had a look at breakups on Facebook, according to status updates. They looked for the phrase “we broke…

Review: Atlas of Science, Visualizing What We Know

Katy Börner, professor of information science, catalogs visualization and science in Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know. Cartographic maps have guided our explorations for centuries, allowing us to navigate…

Keeping an eye on election results

All eyes here in the states will be on election results tonight, and all the major graphics desks have been hard at work to provide you up-to-date results as the…

Past century of government and economy

John Palmer has a look at the past 100 years of government and economic indicators: This historical perspective visualizes economic trends and spending patterns, during good times and bad. Present-day…

Issues Americans care about

Every year the Pew Research Center asks Americans what their top political priority is for the year. It should come as no surprise that the economy, jobs, and terrorism top…

Billionaires’ favorite politicians

Jon Bruner for Forbes reports on billionaire contributions to politicians over the past four years: The billionaires on the Forbes 400 list have given more than $30 million to politicians…

The Election on Twitter

In what seems to have become an expectation during all major events, a Twitter tracker from the New York Times shows you what candidates are getting the most and least…

Visualizing NFL statistics

Sports statistics. Always so many tables. Juice Analytics takes a more visual approach with their interactive: Our NFL stats “spike chart” is an easy way to see who’s leading the…

Iraq War logs released by Wikileaks shed new light

This past Friday, Wikileaks released a second batch of reports on Iraq: At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832…

Find your flight via visual interface

Booking flights became so much easier when it all shifted online, but it hasn’t changed in years. You put in your preferred dates and times and you get a long…